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Chichén Itza | Mayan City near Cozumel

A Wonder of the World close to your vacation in Cozumel

Chichen Itza is not technically located in Cozumel, but many consider it one of its cultural secrets, as most tours to Chichen Itza depart from Cozumel.

The ruins of this ancient Mayan city have been certified by UNESCO to be included in its famous World Heritage List, and it is also known as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Chichen Itza is one of the most important Mayan ruins.

So, if you are looking to take a tour, only schedule one where the tour guide is certified as an expert, as this is the only way you will experience the wonders of this most famous site.

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For centuries there has been speculation about the significance of the pyramid of Kukulcan in particular since, according to recent indications, it could be a kind of calendar given the importance of time changes for the Maya.

This pyramid is 24 meters high; each side has exactly 91 steps plus one more at the top that leads to the upper temple which, added together, would be 365, exactly the same as the days of the year.

When can the feathered serpent be seen?

During the equinoxes, the so-called descent of the feathered serpent is observed.

Starting from the snake heads, the shadows of the platforms are projected, creating an optical illusion that looks like the body of a snake moving, crawling down the stairway.

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Scholars of Chichén Itzá believe that it was a way for the Mayas to symbolize the mandate of the gods to go to the agricultural work before the imminent rainy season.

El Caracol

Chichén Itzá offers a myriad of charms such as the Observatory, also known as El Caracol because of the spiral shape hidden inside, a place where the Mayas studied the stars.

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Also the Temple of the warriors with its impressive group of columns or the Ball Game court in which the two rings through which the ball had to pass are preserved.

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How to visit Chichen Itza?

There are several ways to get here and the most common are excursions that take you to the site and also offer you a guide who will explain the secrets of the site.

However, Chichen Itza can also be visited on your own, since there are several buses from the nearest cities, such as Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Tulum or Merida.

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Before the arrival of the coronavirus, there were tours to Chichen Itza at night that were highly recommended, with a narrative reproduction of lights and sound over the great pyramid of Kukulcan.

At the moment these tours are suspended until further notice. It should also be noted that, after its reopening, the capacity of Chichen Itza is limited to 3000 people and its schedule is from 8 am to 5 pm, with the last visit at 4 pm.

El Cenote Sagrado de Chichén Itzá

Also, while you are in Chichén Itzá it is important not to miss the sacred Cenote.

With about 60 meters in diameter, it is believed that this impressive opening was used by the Maya to make human sacrifices, in fact it has a platform that seems explicitly designed for it.

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As a curious fact; at the beginning of the 20th century a person found out that the Mayas used to throw maidens into the cenote, so he bought the property believing that inside he could find remains of the ladies’ jewels.

He dredged the cenote and found a number of objects that he later sold until 1926 when the Mexican government expropriated the land and sued him. After years of trial, the great majority of the pieces were returned to museums in the country.

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➤ Chichén Itza | Mayan City near Cozumel - The Cabana Beach
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One last stop in your visit to Cozumel, very close is Chichén Itza, where you will travel to the past in an authentic Mayan city. 😍🌅🗻